Mad in America: science, psychiatry and social justice
About This Show
Welcome to the Mad in America podcast, a new weekly discussion that presents the truth about psychiatric prescription drugs and mental healthcare worldwide.
This podcast is part of Mad in America’s mission to serve as a catalyst for rethinking psychiatric care. We believe that the current drug-based paradigm of care has failed our society, and that scientific research, as well as the lived experience of those who have been diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder, calls for profound change.
On the podcast over the coming weeks, we will have interviews with experts and those with lived experience of the psychiatric system. Thank you for joining us as we discuss the many issues around rethinking psychiatric care around the world.
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Episode 8 Professor jim van Os shares his views on biological psychiatry, why we should sometimes challenge schizophrenia, psychosis and other diagnostic terminology and how he sees the future of mental healthcare
7 days ago
This week, we interview Professor Jim van Os. Professor van Os is Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at Maastricht University Medical Centre, Maastricht, The Netherlands, and Visiting Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology at King’s College, Institute of Psychiatry, London. He trained in Psychiatry in Casablanca, Bordeaux and the Institute of Psychiatry and the Maudsley Royal Hospital in London. In 2011, he was elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW); he appears on the 2014 Thomson-Reuter Web of Science list of the world’s most influential scientific minds of our time. He is Director of Psychiatric Services at Maastricht University Medical Centre and runs a service for treatment-resistant depression and first episode psychosis. I was keen to ask professor van Os about his views on biological psychiatry, why we should sometimes challenge schizophrenia, psychosis and other diagnostic terminology and how he sees the future of mental healthcare. In this episode, we discuss: How Jim became interested in Psychology and Psychiatry, partly because of the experiences of family members That Jim felt that training in many parts of the world allowed him to see variations in psychiatric models and this led to him questioning the biological model That Jim also saw how dominant the prescribing of medication but noticed the wide variation in practices How Jim observed in France a willingness by the treating doctors to accept that they didn’t know what the root cause of a mental health difficulty That some of the diagnoses that psychiatrists rely on are actually cultural agreements between professionals and that if a patient accepts the idea that they have a diseased brain, it can be limiting for that patient That we should be able to admit that we don’t know causes but we can still help and support p
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